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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Finance Group

Studying Finance @ Humboldt

Finance is a subfield of economics which examines the "financial system" as a system which affects the allocation of economic resources in uncertain environments. Core research questions concern the financial decision making of individuals, firms, and financial intermediaries, the functioning of financial markets, and the pricing of assets such as bonds, stocks, currencies, commodities, and derivative securities. Financial decisions include investment, financing, and risk management decisions. Finance also studies the governance structures of firms and how managers are or should be compensated.

The School of Business and Economics offers a broad spectrum of finance and finance-related courses at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels. By taking these courses, students can receive a broad and in-depth education in finance, which prepares them for careers in banking, asset management, corporate treasury, and business consulting.

Finance is the most quantitative of business majors. Students specializing in finance will benefit from sound knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. For students interested in writing a Bachelor or Master thesis in Finance, it is important to know how to handle and analyze financial data.

The following list shows all finance and finance-related courses offered by the Finance Group and other chairs at the School of Business and Economics. In addition to the courses stated on this list, there are seminars for students who want to write bachelor or master theses.

Bachelor  

Introductory courses:

  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I
  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II
  • Financial Economics for Citizens
  • Valuation (Accounting)

Advanced courses:

  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing
  • Banken (last offer in SS 2019)
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
Empirical & quantitative courses  
  • Empirical Research in Finance
  • Bachelorpraktikum "Empirisches Arbeiten"
  • Angewandte Kausalanalyse (Empirical Labor Economics)
  • Datenanalyse I & II (Statistics)
  • Data Scraping - Eine praxisorientierte Einführung (bologna.labs)
  • Tabellenkalkulation mit MS Excel (Career Center)
  • Datenanalyse mit STATA - Erlernen und Anwenden
Master  

Introductory courses:

  • Finance Theory
  • Selected Topics of Emerging Markets
  • Valuation (Accounting)
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis (Accounting)
  • Theory of Incentives (Micro)

Advanced courses:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Fixed Income
  • Venture Capital
Ph.D.  
  • Advanced Financial Economics
  • Research Topics in Finance I
  • Research Topics in Finance II
  • Finance-Accounting Research Seminar
  • Finance Reading Group
  • Finance Brownbag Seminar
  • Empirical Accounting Reading Group (Accounting)
  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (Accounting)
  • Statistics of Financial Markets (Statistics
  • Advanced Methods in Quantitative Finance (Statistics)
  • Statistical Tools in Finance and Insurance (Statistics)
   

To collect credits for the "Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich (ÜWP)" we recommend the Portfolio Management Programm (PMP) or courses offered by the Humboldt Innovation GmbH on how to start-up your own company.


Expected Future Course Offerings

The following table lists the expected course offerings of the Finance Group over the next three semesters. There is no guarantee that these courses will be offered as expected. To obtain information about actual course offerings, please turn to the most recent "Vorlesungsverzeichnis".

 

 

Summer Term 2019

Winter Term 2019/2020

Summer Term 2020

       
Bachelor      
Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I X   X
Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II   X  
Financial Economics for Citizens   X  
Banken (Saupe) X    
Financial Markets X   X
Financial Derivatives X X  
Financial Intermediation     X
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital   X  
Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing X X O
Empirical Research in Finance X X X
Bachelor Thesis Seminar dt. X X O
Bachelor Thesis Seminar engl. X X X
       
Master      
Finance Theory   X  
Selected Topics of Emerging Markets   X  
Advanced Corporate Finance X    
Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance X    
Corporate Restructuring X   X
Venture Capital   X  
Financial Derivatives X X  
Fixed Income X   X
Master Thesis Seminar:
Financial Economics
X X X
Master Thesis Seminar:
Corporate Finance
X X X
       
PhD      
Advanced Financial Economics     X
Research Topics in Finance I   X  
Research Topics in Finance II      
Finance Brownbag Seminar X X X
Finance-Accounting Research Seminar X X X
Finance Reading Group   X  
       

° to be determined

For more detailed information on course sequencing and course contents, students of the School of Business and Economics should visit the following pages: Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.

 

Visiting Students

In courses without space constraints, we accept a limited number of visiting students (Nebenhörer) from other universities. Decisions on places are made at the beginning of the semester in question, once we can judge demand for the course. Interested students should submit an application to the group's secretary Mrs. Bulwahn. The application must contain the registration form and proofs that prerequisite requirements (if any) are satisfied. For more information, please visit the Guest students HU website.